DOS#6 The Fourth Rule – Discernment of Spirits w/ Fr. Timothy Gallagher

Episode 6 -The Fourth Rule:

Of Spiritual Desolation. I call desolation all the contrary of the third rule, such as darkness of soul, disturbance in it, movement to things low and earthly, the unquiet of different agitations and temptations, moving to want of confidence, without hope, without love, when one finds oneself all lazy, tepid, sad, and as if separated from his Creator and Lord.

Because, as consolation is contrary to desolation, in the same way the thoughts which come from consolation are contrary to the thoughts which come from desolation.

ignatius3 The Discernment of Spirits: Setting the Captives Free – Serves as an introduction to the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola

The 14 Rules for Discerning Spirits –
“The Different Movements Which Are Caused In The Soul”
as outlined by St. Ignatius of Loyola can be found here

Father Timothy M. Gallagher, O.M.V., was ordained in 1979 as a member of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary, a religious community dedicated to retreats and spiritual formation according to the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.  Fr. Gallagher is featured on the EWTN series “Living the Discerning Life:  The Spiritual Teachings of St. Ignatius of Loyola”. 

For more information on how to obtain copies of Fr. Gallaghers’s various books and audio which are available for purchase, please visit  his  website:

 For the other episodes in this series visit
Fr. Timothy Gallagher’s “Discerning Hearts” page

2 thoughts on “DOS#6 The Fourth Rule – Discernment of Spirits w/ Fr. Timothy Gallagher”

  1. Episode podcast#6 was inspirational and releaving . Listening with a statue of the Pieta close by, I broke out in relief and laughter when Fr. Gallagher mentioned the non-spiritual consolation, working out/ running, for an aid to combat spiritual desolation! ( hope I got that right). I gave the Pieta a big ” thumbs up”, then nearly cried as this is what I push myself to do during periods of desolation and definitely helps. Thanks, Fr. Gallagher


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